Choosing an Air Cleaner or an Air Purifier

To some manufacturers, the term air cleaner refers to an air-cleaning device that cleans indoor air using attraction and/or impaction with media filtration. The term air purifier refers to a device that purifies, or disinfects, indoor air by neutralizing or attracting and removing germs, viruses, and other microorganisms.

The honest truth is that, whether the manufacturer chooses to call such a device an air cleaner or an air purifier, the two terms are interchangeable and refer to the same action of making indoor-air quality more healthful. The following information is what you really need to focus on.

Minimizing Airborne Contaminants in Your Home

Which would you rather deal with? One ill-tempered honeybee, or a whole swarm of ornery honeybees? This analogy may seem extreme.

However, when you’ve been bitten by the flu bug that was floating around in the air inside your home, or you or a loved one are suffering an allergy or asthma attack, minimizing the number of airborne contaminants in your home, and their short- and long-term consequences, suddenly makes sense.

Following are airborne pollutants found in the average home you want to minimize:

  • Microorganisms — viruses, germs, bacteria, mold spores, and fungus.
  • VOCs — harmful chemicals released from everyday products and home furnishings and structure.
  • Particulates — dust, pollen, dust mite parts, pet and human dandruff, soil, and more.
  • Odors and gases — tobacco smoke, cooking odors, and bacteria odors.

Air Cleaners

Air cleaners may employ one or more technologies to remove airborne contaminants. You’ve probably heard of HEPA filter, such as those found in many vacuum cleaners. Other popular air-cleaning technologies you can choose from include:

  • Ultraviolet (UV): UV lights use short-wave radiation to neutralize mold, viruses, and other microorganisms.
  • Electrostatic precipitators: This air cleaner uses attraction to capture charged particles that stick to metal plates, which may be wiped clean or washed away.
  • Carbon activated: This filter type neutralizes odors that can exacerbate respiratory ailments.

Providing superior indoor air quality services since 1990, you can count on Beyer Boys to help you choose the best air cleaner for your San Antonio home’s HVAC system. Give us a call today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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